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Feedback on Haze Bill: harsher penalties needed, enforcement a challenge

Published on Jun 27, 2014 5:26 PM
 
Office workers wearing masks make their way to work in Singapore's central business district in this June 21, 2013, file photo. The criminal penalties in a draft Bill to tackle transboundary haze are too low, said those who gave their feedback on the proposed piece of legislation earlier this year. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - The criminal penalties in a draft Bill to tackle transboundary haze are too low, said those who gave their feedback on the proposed piece of legislation earlier this year.

For example, the original draft Transboundary Haze Pollution Bill had proposed a fine of up to $300,000, or up to $450,000 if a company failed to comply with Singapore's request to prevent, reduce, or control haze pollution.

The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources told reporters on Friday that the feedback had indicated the sum was too low, and there should be penalties for continous offences.

Others said the terms in the draft Bill ought to be more clearly defined, and that enforcement would be challenging.

 
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